Arnside to Hincaster Railway

Arnside to Hincaster Railway

Arnside to Hincaster Railway:

Built in 1876, the Arnside to Hincaster railway line, with its Sandside cutting, served the area for nearly a century, closing its doors in 1963.

Originally intended to transport coke from Durham to the Furness iron industry, it also offered passenger service between Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, and Windermere, nicknamed the “Kendal Tommy,” until 1942.

During World War I, the line was deemed a crucial “lifeline of Britain.”

The line’s economic purpose became questionable due to changes in steel production and the rise of West Cumberland coalfields.

However, it remained valuable for residents of Arnside, Storth, and Heversham to access Kendal, Carlisle, the Lake District, and Scotland.

Passenger service ended in 1942, followed by the main line’s closure in 1963.

The Sandside viaduct was demolished in 1966, and the remaining track was lifted by 1971.

Interestingly, a part of the siding near Arnside Station was used for the Royal Train during visits to Holker Hall until 1965.

Today, the line’s embankment serves as a walking path on the Dallam Estate, offering a pleasant historical walk for visitors.

 
 
 

 

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